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Monday, January 21, 2013
Four-star OT Cochran makes the call

By Bob Przybylo

All along the speculation has been that four-star offensive tackle Aaron Cochran (Atwater, Calif./Buhach) would join his brother at California.

Cochran said it never factored into his decision, but the speculation turned out correct as Cochran confirmed Monday evening he has committed to the Golden Bears.

It wasn’t the prospect of playing close to home or about playing with his brother, though.

“It was academics,” Cochran said. “In a nutshell, that’s what it was. It’s the No. 1 public university, and you cannot get a better education than what you can get at Cal.”

Cochran, who is 6-foot-8 and 364 pounds, was on an official visit to Cal this weekend. He was originally considering a visit to Fresno State but said he is done with visits.

He chose Cal over Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arizona. He made official visits to all three schools, but it was a conversation with his brother, Matt, who just completed his freshman season, that sealed the deal.

“Three weeks ago my brother was here for a visit and told me to make this decision for me,” Cochran said. “It’s going to be one of the most selfish decisions you’ll make, but it’s yours and do what you want to do.”

Cochran had developed a great relationship with the OU coaching staff, but the only thing hindering Cal’s chances last month was the fact he hadn’t gotten to know new coach Sonny Dykes and his staff.

That changed this weekend.

“I really like them. They’re down to earth,” Cochran said. “They showed how much they wanted me, and I know what their intentions are.”

Cochran said he is relieved the recruiting process is over, saying it was fun in the beginning. However, with each passing week, the decision became more real, and he started to realize just how big the decision was going to be.

And how happy was his brother when Cochran told him?

“Nothing really. He was like OK, that’s good. We really need tackles,” Cochran said. “More than anything, he was telling me to be ready to get to work when I get there.”

Cochran is the 25th commit for Cal’s class and the highest-rated of the Bears’ three offensive tackle commits.